U.S. forces in Kabul are preparing for further Islamic State terrorist attacks, which can include the utilization of car bombs, or rockets being fired at the capital’s airport, because the evacuation effort in Afghanistan nears its Aug. 31 deadline.
Thirteen U.S. service members — 10 Marines, two soldiers, and a Navy corpsman — and dozens of Afghans were killed in twin explosions at the gates of Kabul’s international airport and a close-by hotel on Thursday, the deadliest day for the American military in Afghanistan during a decade. A top U.S. commander has said the Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility, is behind the attacks.
“We believe it’s their desire to continue those attacks, and that we expect those attacks to continue,” Marine Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters Thursday. He outlined security measures in situ, including securing the boundary of the airfield and using anti-rocket and mortar systems, also as sharing some information with Taliban militants operating checkpoints outside the airport.